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Nancy Astor [DVD]
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A lavish nine-part series about the life and times of the child born Nancy Langhorne in Danville, Virginia, on 19th May 1879 who would become the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons, introduce a Private Member's Bill that raised to 18 the age qualification for buying alcohol and vote against the Government in May 1940 - helping Winston Churchill to become Prime Minister.
More than just a biography of the first ever woman to sit in the House of Commons, this epic series on the life of Nancy Astor is a compelling story of rags to riches, romance and heartache.
A story that begins in post-civil war Virginia follows Nancy through a disastrous teenage marriage to an arrogant and conceited playboy and finds her divorced and a single mother by the time she is 24. Only a move to England offers a way out of her misery.
Witty and charming, Nancy became the focus for the country's most eligible bachelors, including the man she takes as her second husband, Waldorf Astor – one of the richest men in the world. Moving into the lavish stately home, Cliveden, Nancy enjoys life as a prominent hostess for the social elite, but when Astor surrenders his seat in the Commons for a place in the Lords, a door opens that will seal Nancy’s place in history forever…
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The script was tedious and too much time was spent on the character's early life, waiting for something interesting to happen.
The best thing about it was the costumes and cars! Not one of the BBC's best!
A brilliant performance from Lisa Harrow and all the cast. I cannot imagine for one minute that Lady Astor was easy to live with, but the production shows the mixture of love and exasperation that her family must have felt. So, in the end, a very human story.
The dvd cover describes it as 'a compelling story of rags to riches, romance and heartache'. It is all of that, but more.
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A very interesting and entertaining true story, would have given it 5 stars except the star studded (British/Irish) cast are rubbish at doing American accents!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not my cup of tea. Purchased for my wife who enjoyed it thoroughlyPublished 5 months ago by James Nolan